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The INSEAD Corporate Governance Initiative, launched in 2010, undertakes cutting-edge research and teaching tailored to the needs of boards. It is a new programme designed to foster a global dialogue on the challenges facing board members in an international context. Find out more


“Our responsibility at INSEAD is to review board governance practices across the world that promote performance with accountability. Over time we hope to build greater trust in the public that business is a strong force for improving our societies.”

Ludo Van der Heyden
Professor of Technology and Operations Management
Chaired Professor in Corporate Governance
Director of the INSEAD Corporate Governance Initiative



INSEAD Global Business Leaders Conference

Abu Dhabi, 24 October 2016



INSEAD’s sixth edition of the Global Business Leaders Conference, held at the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi on Monday 24 October 2016, brought together leaders from the private and public sectors to discuss the growing significance of corporate governance.


Chaired by Professor Ludo Van der Heyden, Academic Director, INSEAD Corporate Governance Initiative, and the INSEAD Chaired Professor of Corporate Governance, the conference discussed the major changes affecting corporate governance in the global economy and then examined the regional context in the Gulf.


Business, government leaders urge closer attention to corporate governance

AMEinfo, UAE - 27 October 2016


'Tribal' attitudes affect business says Kanoo Group chief

7Days, UAE - 26 October 2016


Restructuring, transparency and disclosure highlighted the challenges of governance in family businesses

Dot Emirates, UAE - 26 October 2016 (in Arabic)


14% of Family Companies to continue to Third Generation

Al Bayan, UAE - 25 October 2016 (in Arabic)




INSEAD Certificate in Corporate Governance: Celebrating the graduation of 83 new INSEAD IDP-Cs.


October 14th 2016 marked another significant milestone for 83 participants, representing 27 nationalities, from the International Directors Programme who have successfully completed the requirements for the award of the Certificate in Corporate Governance.


Held at the INSEAD Fontainebleau campus, the bi-annual Certification Ceremony and INSEAD Directors Forum were organised around the theme entitled “Board in Transformation: Culture, Integrity, Stakeholders and how to Communicate Effectively” over the weekend of 13th and 14th October.


New IDP-Cs will be eligible to join the exclusive IDP Corporate Governance Alumni Network composed of 364 International Directors IDP-Cs (50 nationalities).  The network was driven by IDP-C alumni who wished to come together to promote good governance across the globe.  The Network has held events in major cities around the world more information can be found here.

The Real Impact of Digital - as seen from the "Virtual" Coalface - new Survey

INSEAD Corporate Governance Initiative and thisfluidworld

by Prof. Ludo Van der Heyden and Liri Andersson

This study is challenging some of the common assumptions and beliefs about the positioning of “digital”. the study approaches the issue of digital from a fresh direction: the real perceptions and experiences of managers on the ground and “in the coalface” of business. the results, as well as 21 insights and recommendations for the 21st century, are highlighted in the report ‘The Real Impact of Digital – As Seen from The “Virtual Coalface”’

Read the blog INSEAD Knowledge

Read the report

Read the press release

Going digital with a clear destination

The Business Times, Hong Kong, 21 June 2016

By Liri Andersson & Professor Ludo Van der Heyden

Companies are told to digitalise or risk getting left behind, but the precept may be unclear for those eager to act.


Driving Digital, The Smart Manager, India, July 2016

(Available upon request, please contact our team at to get access)

In an exclusive interview with The Smart Manager, Professor Ludo Van der Heyden and co-researcher, Liri Andersson, founder of this fluid world, highlight some of the key insights, and show how digital transition should be the
responsibility of everyone, and not just one segregated department.


INSEAD Strategy Forum 2016 – Active Ownership, Active Boards

Amsterdam, 28 June 2016


At the INSEAD Strategy Forum 2016 organised by the INSEAD Dutch Alumni Association, Professor Ludo van der Heyden shared his views on the changing role of non-executive directors. Bringing the audience through a walk in history, Professor van der Heyden showed that they have always been flaws in organising control and oversight in organisations. With an active and independent board, companies would be in better position to achieve sustainability in performance.  He also addressed the issue of High Performing dualities and how non-executives need to be equipped with five energy batteries – inspirational skills, rational/logical skills, physical skills, emotional/relational skills and time skills. While there are different challenges and gaps on all the five levels between what is now and what should be, taking away these gaps and focusing on learning would increase board effectiveness.


Read the full article on our Alumni Magazine

Chair of the board of Directors: Findings from a Global Survey

an INSEAD Corporate Governance Initiative and Ward Howell Talent Equity Institute Survey by Prof. Stanislav Shekshnia and Project Manager Veronika Zaviega

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Read an article "The face behind the Chair", INSEAD Knowledge

South Africa at the leading edge of Governance for Social Transformation

Prof. Marc Le Menestrel, co-director of the Africa Directors Programme, reflects on governance in the present context of South Africa, particularly on the positive impact of the King Reports for the development of responsible directors.  

Read Marc Le Menestrel's reflection paper

Learn about the Africa Directors Programme in partnership with the University of Stellenbosch